Chalk Painted Speckled Easter Eggs

I know this is a bit late, but Easter kinda sneaked up on me.  Without having any little kids to fill Easter baskets for or plan an egg hunt, my mind was on other things.

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Mandy, my youngest, will be home and we will have a simple Easter dinner along with my Mother-In-Law.  Even though it will just be the four of us, I still wanted to make the day feel special.

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I kept things simple and put to use some of the decorative gift wrap I have been finding at HomeGoods.

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I simply measured the table and cut a strip of gift wrap long enough to hang down on each side.  I cut a “V” into each end with scissors.

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When my girls were little, we hid Easter eggs for them to find – the plastic ones. I filled them with M&M’s, HK’s –  a.k.a. Hershey Kisses, and money.  Mandy asked that a few eggs be hidden just to make the day feel more like Easter, even though there will no competition in who finds the most eggs around in the form of her big sister.

Instead of decorating real eggs, I made over a few plastic ones I found in our recent attic purge.

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Unpainted, they were a bit too bright and novel for the table, so I gathered some craft paint and Plaster of Paris and made little batches of DIY chalk paint to paint and speckle the eggs.

The chalk paint is flat so they look like real eggs except for the line in the middle where they open up to fill with goodies.

chalk painted  speckled easter eggs

Decorating-Easter-Egg-Ideas

Supplies Needed:

Plastic Easter Eggs
Craft Paint – I used Martha Stewart Crafts paint in:  Summer Haze, Jonquil, Mint, and Peppermint.  Apple Barrel Paint in Petunia Purple, and a sample I had of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence.
Small paint brushes
Scrap paper
Stiff stencil brush or toothbrush
 

1. Open eggs and place on a scrap piece of paper.  Choose your paint colors and then mix up a tiny bit of DIY chalk paint for each color. I sprinkled each color of paint with Plaster of Paris and then stirred it around on the paper or dish.

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2. I let the first coat dry and then applied a second coat.

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3. Once the paint was dry, I mixed a little bit of white paint in a bowl with some water. I dipped a stencil brush (toothbrush will work, too) and then flicked the brush with my finger once to remove excess paint. Then I did the same thing holding the brush over the eggs.

4. I repeated the process using brown paint and water.

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I placed them on a sheet moss-lined, white ceramic platter.

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Simple, but festive.

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Happy Easter

 

Enjoy

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I think the eggs are beautiful, I love how you made chalk paint out of craft paint!
    Would this paint work on furniture or frames?
    What about putting a strip of washi tape on to cover the line int the middle?

    • says

      Hi Vicki-
      You can use craft paint to make chalk paint. I have used it for a few projects. I am not sure Washi tape would stick to the finish, but it would be worth trying. I filled my eggs up with candy for a little after dinner chocolate, so I didn’t cover the seam where the two sides of the egg meet.

  2. says

    Love the colors, Diane! You’ve reminded me that I need to make sure I fill the plastic eggs I got for my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter to find. I am hosting Easter at our house so I will have to find some easy hiding spots for her.

  3. Sheryll & Critters. says

    What a great paint job. I always made a mess trying to do designer eggs. I hope I remember this idea for next Easter. Did anyone else save those big, plastic egg’s that Legg’s hosiery came in? I would always save them and ended up giving all I had to a young mom to use. Then the first of last week I saw some smaller ones in the Dollar Tree, but I did not like the colors and I did not know how many I would need to make a wreath, so I passed them by. I used your bunny again this year for my door wreath. It is not as pretty as I would like, but it is still cute.

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I meant that I did not have what I really needed to do as cute a bunny as yours. Sometimes I just can’t seem to make sense.

  5. Marm says

    The eggs look great. I think I’ll try the chalk paint next year. Thanks for the instructions.

  6. says

    Your eggs look so cute. I read these right before all the Easter fun began last weekend with no time to get the paint out. But I’m excited to tuck your idea away for next spring to makeover some of the countless plastic eggs we have from Sunday’s egg hunt.

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